Luke has worked professionally in the live entertainment industry for the last sixteen years.
His interest in technical theatre started at school where he operated the lighting for a production of Little Shop of Horrors. He then joined the Theatre Royal Bath’s Young People’s Theatre Production Group and learnt many valuable skills among the industry professionals at the Theatre Royal. At the age of sixteen Luke was appointed Deputy Stage Manager on Peter Pan which was staged in the Theatre Royal Main House and subsequently went on to be employed for the Education Department’s annual Summer school, Storm on the Lawn.
Luke has always had a keen interest in community theatre and has directed a number of pieces for local companies. He made his directing debut at the age of fifteen with the Bathford Players and a production of Peter Gordon’s Murdered to Death. Since then he has directed (or co-directed), Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Aladdin, Cinderella and Robin Hood & The Babes In The Woods (adapted and co-directed) for the Bathford Players.
Luke spent two years at the City of Bath College studying a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) – finishing the course with a triple distinction grade. Although he took the acting course (and continues to act occasionally now), his real love is theatre and event production.
In 2004 Luke gained a place at GSA (Guildford School of Acting) Conservatoire to study Stage Management and Technical Theatre where he was put on the AP(e)L (Accreditation to Prior Experience Learning) one year fast-track course.
Upon leaving GSA Luke went straight to work as a Freelance Technician working for a number of companies around the Bath area including Theatek Ltd, Enlightened Lighting and Invention Arts (now Chapel Arts Centre).
In 2007 he spent nine months working at The Bristol Hippodrome, three of which were spent working on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Other shows worked on include: Chicago, Starlight Express & Scooby Doo.
In August 2007 Luke was appointed Number One Casual Technician at the Rondo Theatre, Bath where he still continues to work on an eclectic mixture of comedy, music and theatre as well as directing pieces here and there.
In 2008 he teamed up with Hannah Lee and co-directed a version of Philip Ridley’s The Fastest Clock in the Universe (which he also created the sound and lighting design for), at the Rondo Theatre. Hannah and Luke went on to co-found the Bathford Youth Theatre Ensemble (BYTE), with Lisa Croker and George Weeks. Their first production of a Christmas Carol was hailed as a success and enjoyed by all.
From 2008 to 2011, Luke returned to the City of Bath College to work as Performing Arts Technician and Production Manager.
In 2009 Luke went on a brief tour to Nottingham and Lincolnshire with the world renowned Natural Theatre Company with the highly acclaimed show Night At The Bijou.
Luke spent a number of years as Entertainments Manager at the Royal British Legion Bathford, where he sourced and engaged numerous artists to perform at the Club. The role involved elements of party planning with numerous successful themed events where the club was transformed into places such as the Wild West.
Luke also spent a number of years as one of the editors for the Bathford Bulletin, a monthly community magazine which contains news and events and is delivered to every house in Bathford.
In 2010, Luke successfully helped to set up and co-organise the Bathford Summer Festival with Cas Gillard. The first festival ran for fifteen days with different events by local community groups happening throughout. The festival has gone from strength to strength and continued to grow this year.
In 2012 Luke was one of the organizers of the 3Bs Jubilee Celebrations. This role saw the coordination of events between Batheaston, Bathampton and Bathford and culminated in the 3Bs Gig headlined by the Wurzels and the Solsbury Hill Balloon Glow (6 hot air balloons were tethered to the top of Solsbury Hill) as part of the National beacon lighting event. The balloon glow was featured live on Sky News and could be seen for miles around.
Luke spent a period briefly mixing the sound for the fantastic Bath Blues Brothers (now known as the Blues Others) – one of the countries top Blues Brothers Tribute acts.
Luke returned to GSA Conservatoire in 2010 to complete the degree extension to his course. He graduated in 2011 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Production Skills (2:1 upper division).
In November 2011 he set up Theatre Bath, an online community whose aim is to strengthen links between theatre companies in Bath and help to celebrate and champion theatre in this area. Theatre Bath has already had many successes including a concert in Royal Victoria Park. An open meeting with the Bath Chronicle when reviews were threatened to be cut from the paper and the Bath Theatre Matters Conference which took place in the Guildhall, Bath in October 2013.
From 2013 to 2017 Luke worked at Bath Spa University as Assistant Events Manager and Duty Manager of Burdall’s Yard.
From 2013 to 2017 Luke sat on the board of directors for the Cultural Forum for the Bath Area.
In July 2013 he was asked by Wiltshire Arts Promoters to come on board and help get their new website – Wiltshire Loves Arts up and running. The site contains information on all cultural events within Wiltshire.
In 2014 Luke was Technical Manager for the Theatre Royal Bath’s Annual Summer School project Storm on the Lawn.
In April 2017 Luke, alongside co-director Zoe Bailey launched the Theatre Bath Bus.
In 2017 Luke was voted the 16th most influential person in Bath in a poll run by the Bath Chronicle and was also listed as one of the top 17 Twitter accounts in Bath. In 2018 he was voted 23rd most influential person in the same poll.
In 2018 the Theatre Bath Bus won the Creative Bath Award for Creative Space and also won a best venue award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2018 Luke was Producer for the Forest Of Imagination – a large-scale, multi-disciplinary event which took over central Bath and was attended by over 6000 people.
Luke currently works mainly in Lighting Design working for a number of different companies in the South West.